Russia sends 152mm Giatsint-S nuclear protected SPHs in Ukraine
MOSCOW ($1=58.03 Russian Rubles) — A new train shipment of Russian ground combat equipment leaves for the front in Ukraine. A train loaded with 152mm Giatsint-S self-propelled artillery guns and tanks was spotted in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. Krasnoyarsk is a guard in Siberia and a long journey to the border with Ukraine is expected. The video that captured the train composition was published on October 2nd. There is no exact information on when the video was recorded.
The 2S5 Giatsint-S is a 152mm self-propelled howitzer. Its design is Soviet from the late 1970s. In 1991, the production was stopped. Russia has over 1,100 units of this self-propelled gun. There are 399 units in operational service in the Russian army, and another 500 are kept in storage. The remaining quantity of up to 1,100 units is in the inventory of the Russian Navy.
The 152mm Giatsint-S has integrated biological, chemical, and nuclear protection. The operational range with standard ammunition is up to 30 km, but with newer and advanced ammunition it reaches up to 37 km. The howitzer is armed, in addition to a 152 mm gun, and a secondary – one 7.62 mm machine gun. It is powered by a 388 kW diesel engine. With one tank of 2S5 fuel Giatsint-S can travel up to 500 km.
Ukraine knows this weapon
The Ukrainian armed forces are very familiar with this weapon. Before the start of the war they had it in service. As of mid-September, according to the GlobalSecurity.org website, Ukraine operated 25 units.
At least two 152mm Giatsint-S self-propelled artillery guns have been captured by Ukrainian forces in recent weeks. A report and video from late September shows two Russian self-propelled howitzers captured in fully functional condition.
In recent days, an increase in the supply of heavy artillery to the Russian army has been noticed. Recently, a train of optimized and deeply modernized T-80BVM tanks left the production facilities of Omsktransmash.
Yesterday, October 2nd, we reported that a new train set was leaving for the front in Ukraine. It was loaded with armored vehicles and 17 Iskander-M quasi-ballistic missiles.
At the end of September, UralVagonZavod delivered a new shipment of TOS-1A Solntsepek multiple rocket launchers. In September, the same plant delivered another shipment of T-90 Proryv tanks, which were directly sent to the Western Military District of the Russian Federation.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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